Candy Matson, YUkon 2-8209 - Single Episodes
CANDY MATSON, YUKON 2-8209
Candy Matson was the private eye star of Candy Matson, YUkon 2-8209, an NBC West Coast show which first aired in March 1949 and was created by Monty Masters. He cast his wife, Natalie Parks, in the title role of this sassy, sexy PI. Her understated love interest, Lt. Ray Mallard, was played by Henry Leff while her assistant and best pal, aptly named Rembrandt Watson, was the voice of Jack Thomas.
Every show opened with a ringing telephone and our lady PI answering it with "Candy Matson, YU 2-8209" and then the organ swung into the theme song, "Candy". Each job took Candy from her apartment on Telegraph Hill into some actual location in San Francisco. The writers, overseen by Monty, worked plenty of real Bay Area locations into every plot.
Candy was bright, tough, and fearless. She used her pistol infrequently, but was unintimidated by bad guys, regardless of circumstances. Threats, assaults, and even bullets would usually produce a caustic, but clever, response for this blonde sleuth. She and Mallard were frequently working the same case, but she usually solved it first.
OTR experts generally agree that this show was the finest of all the female PIs. Although the show ran until May 1951, it never attracted a sponsor (although the first season's final episode ended with the announcement that "Candy Matson Is San Francisco's Most Popular Program").
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Subject: Sweet and a bit tart
Later, I came to see and respect them for the times and how a lady 'tec might have been. Today, I wish there were dozens more!
Subject: All of Candy Matson
Subject: Dudley Manlove
I must add this bit of trivia tho', and I'm not sure if he is on all the shows as I've yet to play them all, but the announcer Dudley Manlove, was the 'alien' captain in Ed Wood's infamously hilariously bad film 'Plan 9 from Outer Space' !!! He was of limited acting ability, tho' a fine announcer and commercial voice...and he is famously and magnificently bad in that '10 worst film' with many of his lines and how he delivered them classics still used today in smart phones and computers---find the wav files and the movie for an enjoyable hoot.
But he had a long successful career and should be honored for that...and is of course fine here as announcer. Just thought some of you might like another reason to listen and enjoy these shows!
Subject: A Rare Kick
Rembrandt is often regarded by those who regard such things as one of the first gay characters on the radio. He's likable, nonthreatening, and effete. In the early episodes he is a total boozer but the writers sobered him up and made him ten times as gay partway through. However, despite the constant use of gay signifiers, Rembrandt is squarely in the tradition of the celibate and nonthreatening. Those mostly interested in the queer aspects will probably tune out quickly.
Subject: Loving "Candy Matson, Girl Detective" !
Candy, as played by Natalie, is cute, sexy, funny, cool, and probably able to drink any of the guys she pursues - bad or good - under the table !
I fell in love with the Series AND Candy almost 4 Decades ago when I used two of her programs on my syndicated OTR show "The Breakfast Serial": :The Fortune Teller" & "The Egyptian Amulet". To this day my opinion has never changed..."Candy Matson" is one of that small group of almost-independently produced Golden Age Radio Shows that many have NEVER EVEN HEARD OF, BUT SHOULD !
SPECIAL NOTE: A few years ago I was watching one of the early "Dragnet" TV Shows and had just taken my eyes off of the screen for a second when I heard a familiar voice coming out of my speakers. It was a woman talking to Joe Friday, she was a suspect in the case, and once she spoke her next line I IMMEDIATELY recognized the "voice" of "Candy Matson" !
It was Natalie Masters on the screen, and although the voice was still extremely appealing, she didn't quite look like Candy did. Nevertheless, it was just GREAT to see the "woman behind the voice" of one of Radiodoms only female detectives: "Candy Matson, Private Eye" !
Listen to these and enjoy a trip to the Golden Age Of Radio when, though it was on its downward spin due to TV,it still had some life left in it during this very cool Series' short but important run.
Subject: Classic tough-babe PI soap
Subject: Excellent Show!
Subject: Candy Matson Is Great
Subject: Lots of fun
Subject: Best "girl detective" series ever
The lightly-hard-boiled scripts of Monty Masters and the huskily cynical vocal delivery of his wife Natalie make this show an unsung treasure.
The team were San Francisco natives, and lovers of that city will delight in the authentic sounds, personalities and locations featured in every episode.
Monty originally wrote the show to feature a male lead, which partly explains why Candy - in an era when the role of the woman in society was strictly to be an adjunct to the male of the species - fought her own fights, solved her own cases, and gave as good as she got.
Well worth a listen ...
Subject: 'If you like that view, wait 'til I turn around'
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